spring_2004 by chrstphr



Spring 2004


POINTS OF INTEREST Care Packages to Iraq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2004 Employees Combined Campaign . . . 3 Retirements . . . . . . . . . . 3 Working Well: A Healthy Lifestyle Series . . . . . . . . 4 Jury Selection Praised . . 4 Family Help Center Opened. . . . . . . . 4 Family Court Mummers . . 5 Local Hero . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Operation Christmas Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . 5 APPD Morale Committee . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kids’ Ideas About Science . . . . . . . . 6

Celebrating the Season
Over the holiday season, FJD employees enjoyed the company and good will that come with our annual winter celebrations. For our team members who are engaged in the day-to-day operations that drive judicial administration, the opportunities for camaraderie, fellowship, networking, and appreciation offer the occasional welcome respite. Pictured here and on the nest page are court reporters, probation officers, and others who are important members of our FJD workforce. And it is a force. This is a dedicated group of teams comprising smart, well-trained and dedicated individuals who work hard to advance the business of the courts. Independently and together we complete tasks that are vital to the cause of justice. With excellent jurists and good leadership, the positive results that we generate are multiplied. The effect? Wrongs are made right, problems are resolved, children are safer, families are helped to become more stable, and the citizens of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and its environs enjoy an atmosphere of judicial reliability and fairness. Congratulations on a job well done.

Sad Note
From left: Lisa Postiglione, Gary Paster and Lisa DiCarlo-Capizzi. From left: Mike Briscoe, Frank Snyder, Stephanie Lowe, Anthony Sasselli, Tim Barnes, Cynthia Giacobetti, Damaris Munoz, Kendal Brown, Administrative Judge James J. Fitzgerald, Ed Quinn, Larry Teal, Archie Epperson, Jeanette Palmer, Rany Huon, John Burns. Kneeling: Marquita Lee.

The FJD is mourning the loss of Warrant Supervisor Joseph LeClaire, who was killed while serving a warrant on March 19. He will be sorely missed.

From left: Delores and Paul Policarpo, Carol Phy, and Kim Horsely.

From left: Melissa Tammaro, Daisy Corsino, Jaclyn Mahan.
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The following retirements were announced for the period JuneDecember 2003. Russell R. Alexander Jr., General TC 19 Years David L. Allen, Juvenile Branch 37 Years Francis E. Archie, General TC 40 Years Howard Auerbach, General TC 21 Years Patrick J. Bateman, Court Reporters 31 Years Ronald J. Bayer, DR Child Support 27 Years John M. Beck, Adult Probation 30 Years Sheila M. Belo, Adult Probation 31 Years David M. Benstock, Court Reporters 31 Years Roberta Binderman, DR Child Support 10 Years Charlotte E. Bojakowski, Tipstaff 14 Years Thomas J. Boles Jr., Procurement 24 Years Mary J. Boone, Procurement 27 Years Francis P. Boyle Jr., General Tipstaff 27 Years Catherine P. Cairone, General TC 32 Years Arlene Candidus, General TC 22 Years Barbara A. Carrullo, DR Child Support 25 Years Jacqueline Caruso Kravitz, Juv. Branch 26 Years Barbara R. Cauthorn, Act. Crim. Rec. 29 Years Stephen R. Cedrone, Juvenile Branch 35 Years Eleanor H. Chanel, MC Civil 19 Years Eula M. Chester, Adult Probation 30 Years Claudio Cifoni, Adult Probation 35 Years Arnell Coleman, General Tipstaff 24 Years Anthony Coppolino, General Tipstaff 29 Years Gloria Criniti, MC Civil 15 Years John J. Day, General Tipstaff 34 Years Mary T. Depasquale, Civil Admin. 23 Years Robert R. Desipio, Prothonotary 33 Years Saundra L. Diilio, Judge Temin 29 Years Margaret Dougherty, Administration 23 Years James M. Driadon, DR Child Support 16 Years Lillian Drozdowski, Administration 27 Years Edward A. Duffy, General Tipstaff 32 Years Frank Edge Jr, General Tipstaff 31 Years Louis Ferlaino, DR Child Support 32 Years Jane K. Fleming, Judge Temin 30 Years

Holiday Celebrations

Top: Melinda Dicks and Maria Leone. Middle: Margaret McFillin and Thomas Campbell Bottom: Frank DeFrancesco and Matthew Morrell

Top: Catherine Lonergan and Kenneth Brown. Second from top: Sharon Jericho and Colleen Kryjer. Third from top: Nancy Curran, Marie Polidoro and Judy Romano Bottom: Linda Procopia and Olga Angelos

From top: Pat Blow, Tracie Allen, Cheryl Jordan, John Ford, Tina Masi and Patricia Hemmingway.


Angelina A. Forte, Domestic Relations 16 Years Rosemary R. French, Judge Maier 21 Years Joyce B. Gary, Adoptions 32 Years Elaine Goodall, Adoptions 38 Years Kenneth E. Hale, Juvenile Branch 34 Years John H. Hamilton, General Tipstaff 32 Years Addie E. Hickson, Human Resources 30 Years Katherine L. Hirst, CP Court Reporters 14 Years Janice Jackson, Judge Means 11 Years Catherine M. James, Judge O'Keefe 31 Years Regina E. Jereb, Adult Probation 30 Years Emmer L. Joell, General TC 38 Years Rosemary L. Johnson, Judge DiBona, 33 Years Madeline L. Koscinski, Judge Joseph 34 Years Carrie M. Leonard, Adult Probation 31 Years George L. Levine, CP Court Reporters 34 Years Ann A. Liberatori, Juvenile Branch 29 Years Rosemarie Magliocco, Act. Crim. Rec. 41 Years John A. Malara, Building/Facilitiess 21 Years Patricia Martin, General TC 29 Years James T. MCGhie, General Tipstaff 29 Years Gloria M. Menna, DR Child Support 26 Years Betty J. Mickens, General Tipstaff 22 Years Salvatore Natale, CP Court Reporters 37 Years Rosalynd S. Nicholson, Adult Probation 31 Years Thomas J. Novelli, Jury Selection 26 Years Margaret L. O'Connell, Civil Admin. 35 Years Mary L. Perri, General Tipstaff 28 Years Joseph A. Piselli, Juvenile Branch 36 Years Edward D. Quinn, General Tipstaff 31 Years Elaine Renzi, Juvenile Branch 38 Years Dona P. Rhuberg, Jury Selection 37 Years Vincent Richard, Judge Keogh 9 Years Francis A. Ronkowski, Adult Probation 33 Years Judith A. Sasse, Adult Probation 35 Years Helene C. Schramm-Marra, Juv. Branch 41 Years Eleanor V. Scipione, MC Operations 25 Years Irene J. Serpente, DR Child Support 29 Years Cecil L. Shamberger, Adult Probation 31 Years George H. Singleton, R.O.R. Interviewer 9 Years Carol Smith, Domestic Rel, Appt 27 Years

“Care Packages” to Iraq
The Adult Probation Department holiday photos shown in this issue are just a sample of the many more that were sent to Charles “Chuck” Daigre in Iraq. Chuck is a lieutenant colonel in the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade based in Norristown, now stationed in Iraq. Aaron Finney (APPD Supervisor, former Marine) and Archie Epperson (APPD Supervisor, former Army Infantry) worked in several units with Chuck throughout their careers and thought it would be a good idea to send photos along with a “care package” to let Chuck know that his fellow employees were thinking of him. Chuck sometimes has need to barter with and purchase supplies and information, and the care package helped the cause greatly. The entire APPD staff participated in gathering items, making contributions, and helping to take photos to make it a great success. A similar project was undertaken by employees in Municipal Court’s Data Processing Unit. Jacqueline Lee wanted to do something special for the brave Americans fighting in Iraq, and proposed the idea of care packages to her supervisor, Paulette Hess. Everyone in the unit became involved. A collection drive was begun and it took only a few days to amass enough “goodies” to fill seven boxes. Getting the packages to the Post Office for shipping was the job of Howard Jetter, whose son Andrew is also stationed in Iraq. Kudos to Jane McDonald, Theresa Sahm, Kathy McGlynn, Kate Marx, Denise Nowak, and Bernice Capobianco for contributing to the success of the project.

Above: Charles “Chuck” Daigre on duty. Far above: Chuck’s “office” in Iraq. Left: The winds of a passing sandstorm reveal the desert littered with land mines (inset).

2004 Employees Combined Campaign
The City of Philadelphia Employees’ Combined Campaign is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. Since 1989, city employees have raised $20.8 million for charitable organizations. In 2003, city employees raised $1.5 million. Philadelphia’s campaign consistently ranks as one of the most successful municipal campaigns in the country, raising more money than cities with larger municipal workforces. The FJD is a major part of that tradition. In 2004, the city established a goal of collecting $1.5 million for 13 participating charities. As a major branch of government, the FJD portion of that goal is a hefty $75,000. The generous contributions of FJD employees have raised over $66,000. If you contributed to the Combined Campaign, you were automatically enrolled in two drawings for prizes donated to the FJD. Winners got to choose from an enticing list of incentives, including an overnight stay for two at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel; two tickets to a 76er’s game; a round of golf at the Island Green Country Club; four tickets to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom; a football signed by the Eagles’Correll Buckhalter, and much more! Congratulations to all department coordinators for the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication that made this campaign a great success. Become a hero in a small but very valuable way. Support the Employees Combined Campaign!


Joseph F. Steward Jr, Family Ct 18 Years Mary Taggart, DR Child Support 15 Years Eugene Tatom Sr, General TC 29 Years Joseph A. Tobin, Adult Probation 30 Years Donald A. Varley, Building/Facilities 20 Years David Vaughan Sr., Adult Probation 29 Years Dennis R Venturo, CP Court Reporters 31 Years Richard V Vinci, Adult Probation 37 Years Willie Mae Washington, Judge Clark 43 Years Charles B White, Adult Probation 35 Years Jennifer L Whitfield, Adult Probation 28 Years Stanley I Wilder, CP Court Reporters 33 Years Walter L Wilmore, Adult Probation 29 Years Ronald P Wilson, Adult Probation 16 Years Franklin A Wingo, Adult Probation 31 Years Maureen M Wolf, CP Court Reporters 28 Years Joseph J Wulko, Juvenile Branch 31 Years John R Zito, General Tipstaff 14 Years

Working Well A Healthy Lifestyles Series
The Domestic Relations Section Training Unit kicked off their Wellness at Work Lunch Time Health Series with a Health Fair. Karen Leone and Joanne Jones hosted the event. The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia Department of Health, Dr. Matthew Marcus, Chiropractor, Nova Care, Wills Eye Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, and Independence Blue Cross were among the vendors who provided stress massage therapy, cholesterol screening, glaucoma tests, spine evaluations, and information on smoking cessation, lead poisoning, and healthy lifestyles. The event was a great success and the employees were treated to door prizes. Honorable Idee Fox, Supervising Judge Domestic Relations, Honorable Tama Myers Clark, Mary Lou Baker, Deputy Court Administrator, and Joseph C. Kamnik, Jr., Director were among those in attendance. The purpose of the Wellness at Work Series is to promote healthy lifestyles, with our motto: “Information Can Sometimes Be the Best Medicine”. Between family, children, work, extended family responsibilities, and just our day-to-day schedules, we often don’t have time to even think about issues like cancer prevention, nutrition, stress, or blood pressure. The Wellness at Work Series is a way to bring staff together in a relaxed environment where they can get this important information. The second Wellness lecture presented information about Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Awareness. Future topics will include: colon cancer awareness, and skin cancer awareness. If you are interested in attending any of the Wellness at Work events please contact Karen Leone or Joanne Jones at 215686-9105 or 215-686-9202.

Vincent Petrelli, D.C. gives Pat Wilmunder a back massage.k

The following letter was received in the Jury Selection Commission offices: To Whom it May Concern: I wanted to share my first experience regarding my day of jury duty. As I ventured to 1301 Filbert Street I didn’t know what to expect. My sister has served many times and each time she came home wanting to serve again. I believed I would have the same experience and I did. From the moment I stepped in line I anticipated a great day. Even though the line was long it moved fast and even the officers were nice. I sat in this huge room with a bagel and coffee and I couldn’t wait to be called. I was somewhat dismayed and surprised at the number of people who did not want to serve. Shocked that people were not excited of this great process. Our instructors for the day were knowledgeable and they seemed to enjoy their jobs. I was finally called and was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but everything was orderly and no one wanted any jurors to be uncomfortable. Even Judge Snite made a point to respect all jurors and to answer any and all questions we had. Everyone from beginning to end provided such a fantastic experience. Though I was not chosen I thought what a great experience to have the privilege to serve and to come with an objective mind and view upon all people. My hope is that more people would become excited about the possibilities of fairness in a system that affects us all. Jury duty hopefully in the future will not be viewed as a duty. But as a day to meet people you have never met, to look at the law with hope, and to believe that sitting in a jury box is your opportunity to make a wrong become right and an injustice to become justice. I hope to serve again in the near future. Sincerely, Nina R. Roulac

Family Help Center Opened
The Family Help Center is a partnership between the Family Division and the School District of Philadelphia with the stated purpose of “Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Courts to Help Young People Succeed.” In October, the Center was opened at the Juvenile Court Building in room 310 at 1801 Vine Street. The Center will accept referrals from judges to help families by engaging them with educational, counseling, health, and other services. The Family Health Center will also provide accurate school district data to help judges and others in the fair, timely, and precise disposition of cases. For court-involved youth and their families, this important project partners two major institutions, the schools and the courts, in a coordinated effort to help students and their communities.

From left: Gwen Morris, Dr. Darlene A. Thompson, Philadelphia School Superintendent Paul Vallas, Administrative Judge Myrna Field, Millage Holloway, R. Jay Cage, Mary Ann Smith, and Mamie Fisher.


The following employment anniversaries were reached during the period June-December 2003. 20 YEARS OF SERVICE Mary Anne R. McAndress, CP Court Reporters Dorothy Steinmetz, DR Child Support Terri Lynn Sicura, DR Child Support Richard A. Mattia, Sr., DR Child Support Heidi B. Donaldson, CP Court Reporters James M Pirolli, Building/Facilities Benjamin A Castellano, Judge Mazzola Dennis M Share, CP Court Reporters Catherine A Dumoff, CP Court Reporters Carl G Sokolski, CP Court Reporters Antoinette Foy, CP Court Reporters Barbara D Lambert, General Tipstaff Anna Marie C DiGuglielmo, DR Child Support 25 YEARS OF SERVICE David V. Preski, Pretrial Services Michael R. Rodgers, General TC James M. Clark, Administration Gurnell J. Williams, Administration Clare Messina, General TC Colbert V. Partridge Jr., Juvenile Branch John L. Menna, General Tipstaff John Morrone Jr., Judge Carafiello Leonard E. Ferguson Jr, Family Ct. Andrew Jackson, Judge Fitzgerald Pearl C. Carr, Judge Manfredi 30 YEARS OF SERVICE Rheba D. Burnside, General Tipstaff Mary S. Colbert, Adult Probation Judith Slagoff, Adult Probation W. Kevin Reynolds, Adult Probation Kathleen M. Intenzo, Adult Probation Richard V. Fulginiti, Data Processing Delores I. Johnson, DR Child Support Marilynn Rendine, Juvenile Branch Joanne R. Jones, DR Child Support Leonard P. Caprisecca, Adult Probation Frank E. Checkovage, Civil Admin. Lois M. Stanford, Adult Probation Thomas J. Quinn, Juvenile Branch Francis J. Mohollen, Juvenile Branch Richard C. Jones, Juvenile Branch Harry L. Delp, General Tipstaff Dennis L. O'Connell, Domestic Rel. Michael J. Goodwin, Adult Probation Robert J. Cunningham, Adult Probation Joseph J. DiRosa, Civil Administration 35 YEARS OF SERVICE Robert P. Cerulli, CP Court Reporters Herman Walker, Juvenile Branch Richard T. Buek, Data Processing Garnell Dickerson-Pugh, DR Child Support W. Wallace Dyer Jr., Judge Geroff

Family Court Mummers
Family Court was represented on Broad Street New Years Day. Joseph Kaminsky, Adoption Branch (below left) paraded as co-captain of the Greater Kensington String Band. Fred Keller of the Domestic Relations Branch (below right) strutted his stuff as captain of the Jokers Fancy Brigade Division Club.

Local Hero
Juvenile Probation Officer William Cooney was commended for identifying a bank robbery suspect whose picture had been circulated in the media. William recognized the suspect as one of his former charges on probation. PO Cooney notified the FBI and the suspect was eventually arrested and brought to justice. Chief Juvenile PO James E. Sharp noted that PO Cooney “has been with our department for seven years and continues to distinguish himself.”

Detective Andrew Adams of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force (left) and Juvenile P. O. William J. Cooney.

Once again, a group of City Hall employees participated in Operation Christmas Child, packing shoe boxes for needy children. MIS’ Kathleen Fitzpatrick reported that the group packed 99 shoe boxes with toys and clothing. Added to that were 104 boxes packed by group member Deborah Dailey’s church for a total of 203. The group was delighted to have far exceeded the 58 boxes they packed last year. Group members included (above left to right) Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Deborah Dailey, Joann Harris, Juliette McCaugrean, Susan Taylor, Mary Jo Mirarchi, Donna Glynn, and Chris Adair. Left, Donna Glynn smiles while she works.


Kids’ Ideas About Science
Fifth and sixth graders explain scientific principles
• "One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in one second." • "You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it, you got hit, so never mind." • "Talc is found on rocks and on babies." • "Isn't inertia when something is moving, then it stops moving and keeps moving?" • "The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down." • "When they broke open molecules, they found they were only stuffed with atoms. But when they broke open atoms, they found them stuffed with explosions." • "When people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy. When planets do it we say they are orbiting." • "Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand." • "While the earth seems to be knowingly keeping its distance from the sun, it is really only centrificating." • "South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still manage." • "Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south." • "Avibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go." • "There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be discovered. Finding them all means living forever." • "There is a tremendous weight pushing down on the center of the Earth because of so much population stomping around up there these days." • "Lime is a green-tasting rock." • "Many dead animals in the past changed to fossils, while others preferred to be oil." • "Genetics explain why you look like your father, and if you don't why you should." • "Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know they're there." • "Some oxygen molecules help fires burn, while others help make water, so sometimes it's brother against brother." • "Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers." • "We say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation. Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on." • "To most people, solutions mean finding the answers. But to chemists, solutions are things that are still all mixed up." • "In looking at a drop of water under a microscope, we find there are twice as many H's as O's." • "Clouds are high flying fogs." • "I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how to do it, and that is the important thing." • "Clouds just keep circling the earth around and around. And around. There is not much else to do." • "Water vapor gets together in a cloud. When it is big enough to be called a drop, it does." • "Humidity is the experience of looking for air and finding water." • "We keep track of the humidity in the air so we won't drown when we breathe." • "Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's tongue will kill the strongest man." • "The wind is like the air, only pushier." • "A hurricane is a breeze of a bigly size." • "A monsoon is a French gentleman." • "It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other places." • "Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime."

APPD Morale Committee
A few “elf helpers” joined Administrative Judge James J. Fitzgerald on a holiday tour of the Adult Probation and Parole Department facility to greet and well-wish the staff. The tour was arranged by the APPD Morale Committee, which is made up of enthusiastic, energetic, and concerned employees who are intent on improving morale during these tough times. Judge Fitzgerald made a point to visit every floor and every work station, where he had a handshake and personal greeting for each individual. He missed no one! All were impressed with his effort, his concern, and his genuine sincerity. The Morale Committee sponsored numerous events during the holidays, including giving candy canes out on Christmas Eve and cookies and donuts to all staff for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cookies from Court Administrator Joe Cairone’s mother were also provided. During the summer, the Morale Committee sponsored a highly successful staff picnic/bar-b-que at Blue Bell Park that was attended by more than 90 staff members. They’re developing bigger plans this year with many events in the works.

Morale Committee members, from left: Timothy Barnes, Deborah Abdur Raman, Cynthia Giacobetti, Michael Briscoe, Lisette Giron, Archie Epperson, and Damaris Munoz.

The Courterly Editorial Board
Len Hacking, Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686-3775 Len Armstrong, CP Trial Division - Criminal . . . . . . . 683-7506 Charles Mapp, CP Trial Division - Civil . . . . . . . . . . 683-7401 John Buggy, CP Family Division - Juvenile . . . . . . . 686-7786 Karen Leone, CP Family Division - DR . . . . . . . . . . 686-3830 Carol A. Sieck, CP Orphans’ Division. . . . . . . . . . . . 686-2207 Lori Medaglia, Traffic Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686-1668 Joseph Evers, Prothonotary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686-6652 Phillip Valone, Prothonotary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686-6652 Thomas I. McGill, Jr., Esq., Judicial Staff . . . . . . . . . 686-5100 Joanne Weglicki, MC - Criminal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 683-7287 Joseph McDermott, MC - Civil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686-2975 Janet Fasy Dowds, Court Reporters . . . . . . . . . . . . 683-3000 Tom Bly, Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 683-6949 Don Varley, Data Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 683-6978 Archie Epperson, Adult Probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 683-1401 All members of the FJD are encouraged to submit ideas or suggestions. Submissions may be made to the department representatives above, to Len Hacking in Room 395 City Hall or via email to len.hacking@courts.phila.gov.


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